Opti-frame at PARR LUMBER

Opti-Frame: Benefits of Precut Framing Packages

Change is hard. Many construction contractors resist new products or techniques because there are too many unknowns. Prefabrication and modular construction have been around for many years, but many contractors have resisted implementing them in their standard practices. Innovations like precut framing packages allow contractors to improve their efficiency, saving time and money, without having to change their procedures substantially.

Parr Lumber is proud to offer framing contractors a more efficient option when it comes to ordering lumber. Opti-Frame allows contractors to save on labor and material costs, increase efficiency, and improve safety for their workers.

What is Opti-Frame?

Opti-Frame is a precut framing lumber package that can help contractors save time and money on wood-framed buildings.

It starts when the structural design is loaded into BIM (building information modeling) software and a digital model is created. Using the information provided by the model, the studs, plates, headers, etc. are precut and labeled. They are bundled by wall assembly into precut packages. The pieces are labeled to match the construction drawings, making wall assembly quick and easy. Stud locations are pre-marked, and there is no cutting required. Workers simply follow the drawings, placing the labeled pieces where shown, to assemble the components of the building.

Similar systems have been compared to traditional stick building to confirm their efficiencies and lower cost. Buildings of similar size and complexity were built using precut framing lumber packages and traditional framing packages. The savings cited in this article are the result of the scientific analysis of the two framing systems.

Benefits of Opti-Frame

Saves labor

With precut packages, there is little to no cutting required on-site. Pieces are premeasured and cut to match the drawings. This allows framing crews to focus on installation, instead of measuring and cutting. Also, since the layout is completed at the factory, lead carpenters aren’t needed on-site. Framing contractors can use less experienced, and less expensive, labor to install the framing for a building. Because of its increased efficiency, framing installation time can be decreased up to 20% over traditional stick framing.

Less waste

According to estimates from the NAHB, unused wood makes up to 40% of Jobsite waste. Framers often order 8 to 12% more materials as a waste factor. The precut system eliminates the need to order additional lumber, and there’s no cutting, so there are no scraps. Projects using the system use only one dumpster, as opposed to three with traditional stick framing projects.

Opti-saw ​​​​​​​PARR locations:

Roof Truss Supply Woodinville Lumberyard
Parr Lumber Bend
Parr Lumber Hillsboro
Parr Lumber Salem
Parr Lumber Marysville
Parr Lumber Spokane
Parr Lumber Tacoma

Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiXKIuPJNcU&feature=youtu.be

Double Good News! PARR ranks in the top 10 biggest LBM dealers in the US

LBM JOURNAL 100 — Ranks the Nation’s Top Pro Dealers and Lumberyards by 2021 Sales

PARR ranks in the top 10 biggest LBM (lumber and building materials) dealers in the US

Launched in 2020, this is LBM’s second annual Journal 100 list reporting record sales and company growth both in raw survey data and commentary from partners in the building industry.

Parr Lumber Co. ranked number 10 with a 61% growth year-over-year

Read here: https://lbmjournal.com/2022-lbm-100-list-shows-big-gains-new-challenges/

We Made It – Private 100 fastest-growing companies of 2022

The clock is ticking down to the Business Journal’s big reveal of the Private 100 list, the locally headquartered, privately held companies that grew revenue the most between 2019 and 2022.

And that was a tough stretch in which to show growth: Starting at the end of a decade-long economic expansion and enduring the first global pandemic in a century.

Portland Business Journal – Fastest Growing Private 100 Companies in Oregon and Southwest Washington 

How to choose the Best Materials for Raised Garden Beds?

Best Raised Garden Bed Materials

Raised garden beds provide a quick and easy way to add color to your yard. These beds can be placed on top of the existing ground or hardscapes like brick or concrete. They provide an easy way to address soil challenges and make controlling and pulling weeds easier.

Raised beds can be constructed with simple designs or you can use existing containers. In this article, we’ll tell you which materials are best for raised garden beds and what materials you should avoid.


Redwood is a durable outdoor wood that is most affordable on the West Coast, due to the proximity of the Redwood Forest. It has a high level of tannins that increases its durability and helps repel rot and prevent termite infestations. Raised beds made of redwood can last a decade or more and are rumored to last a bit longer than cedar, especially when heart redwood is used.

Dense redwood, also called heart redwood, construction heart, con heart, or heart B redwood is best for outdoor use. It will last longer than common grade or sapwood redwood.


Cedar is another durable outdoor wood that can be used to construct raised garden beds. Like redwood, it has a high level of tannins to help prevent rot and termites and improve durability. Cedar is more affordable on the East Coast, although it can be found throughout the country.

Check out our step-by-step instructions for building a cedar planter box.

Other hardwoods

You can use other hardwoods to construct a raised bed if redwood or cedar is too expensive. These woods are denser and more durable than softwoods. Hardwoods include teak, maple, beech, hemlock, walnut, black locust, and oak. These woods are good for outdoor use but won’t last as long as cedar or redwood.


Some softwoods can be used to construct raised beds, although they won’t last as long as hardwoods, cedar, or redwood. They’re more affordable, making them an attractive option. The best softwoods include douglas fir, pine, spruce, and juniper. Garden beds made from softwoods may last around 4 to 7 years on average.

Other materials

Wine barrels, which are made of oak, can easily be transformed into a raised garden bed. Simply drill drainage holes into the bottom of the barrel, then add soil and plants.

A variety of metal products can also be used for raised beds. Metal beds don’t rot, swell, or shrink with moisture, and don’t require maintenance. Galvanized steel works great in wet climates, as there is a layer of zinc that prevents the metal from corroding and rusting. The zinc isn’t likely to leach into the soil, except under very acidic conditions. Furthermore, zinc is a natural element found in soil that is good for plants of all types. They rely on it for root development, resilience to cold temperatures, and other necessary processes. To create a metal bed, you can use a prefabricated metal container, like an animal feed or water trough, or construct a wood frame and cover it with galvanized steel.

What not to use

Almost as important as knowing what materials to use, it’s also important to know what materials to avoid when constructing a raised bed garden.

Railroad ties should not be used in plantings or landscaping. They are treated with creosote, which is a probable human carcinogen and may inhibit growth or harm plants. The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a warning and banned the use of railroad ties in landscaping and gardening.

Also, treated or pressure-treated lumber should be avoided. In the past, treated lumber used an arsenic-based compound. However, it was shown to leach from the lumber into the surrounding soil. This compound was banned in 2003 and replaced with less toxic copper-based compounds. Although the new compound is safer, it’s best to avoid treated lumber altogether, especially when other options are available.

If you find lumber of unknown origin lying around, it isn’t recommended for use in your garden bed, especially if you’re growing fruits and vegetables. The lumber may be contaminated with toxic chemicals like lead, arsenic, or other heavy metals. It’s best to use virgin wood or lumber that you know the source of.

Rubber tires do not make a good raised bed material. Car tires contain benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals, and other substances that are toxic to humans and may leach into the surrounding soil. They should be used only for flowers and other plants you don’t plan on eating.

Lumber-raised beds provide the most design flexibility, allowing you to take advantage of all the available space in your yard. Whether they are square, round, or rectangular, they will help bring color to your yard and healthy fruits and vegetables to your table.

If you have questions regarding a raised garden bed project, contact us to get professional help.